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Improving access to excellent educators for underserved students.


Great Teachers and Leaders in the Schools that Need Them Most

Closing achievement gaps requires a great educator in every classroom, for every student. America's current education system falls well short of this goal. Students of color, students with disabilities, and low-income students are more likely to have out-of-field, less experienced, or less effective educators.

We offer comprehensive, step-by-step planning toolkits and implementation resources for moving the needle on this crucial equity lever.

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Decision Points: Defining, Calculating, and Addressing Gaps in Access to Effective Educators

Explore four key decision points states should consider in measuring equitable access to effective educators. Use this brief to:

  • Guide and inform equitable access planning and implementation
  • Explore examples of state-level initial equity planning and results reporting

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Equitable Access Tools

Equitable Access Toolkit

Create a strategic, data-based plan for transforming equitable access in your state or district using our stakeholder engagement guide, root-cause analysis workbook, and data review tool. 

Implementation Playbook

Implement your equitable access plans successfully using our a planning tool, communication guide, policy coherence and alignment guide, and tool for monitoring the progress of implementation.

Featured Project


Ohio Department of Education

Diversifying the Educator Workforce

Diversifying the Educator Workforce in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Education worked with a group of 40 stakeholders as well as the GTL Center and the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center to develop concrete strategies for diversifying the state's educator workforce. Using the GTL Center's Diversifying the Educator Workforce Data Tool, the group is completing a four-step process that starts with first examining the state's educator workforce data to identify diversity gaps and exploring the root causes behind those gaps. 

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GTL Center Equitable Access Services

We offer an evidence-based approach and a set of field-tested resources that our team has used to support equitable access efforts in states like Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Our services are tied to concrete, measurable outcomes for states and districts and informed by our extensive work across the United States in the last decade. We offer three service levels, which can be customized and tailored to your unique needs and starting point:

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Interested in better understanding equitable access? We offer short-term engagements to build your knowledge and expertise, including:

  • Expert consultation or subject matter experts to support knowledge-building
  • Presentations or keynote speakers to provide a detailed overview of the evidence and national picture around equitable access strategies.
  • Single-day workshops to explore initial statewide data or guide a state through mapping out a planning process.


Ready to invest in transforming equitable access in your state? We offer packages for 5+ day, on-site workshops to support your team in:

  • Analyzing data and engaging stakeholders to understand equitable access challenges and identify root causes.
  • Selecting and prioritizing evidence-based strategies to address your state or district's identified root causes.
  • Applying the GTL Center's READI Framework to ensure that the identified strategies target and benefit the educators and students impacted by equity gaps.


Looking for a partner to guide you over the long haul? We offer long-term, on-the-ground supports for program planning, piloting, continuous improvement, and program evaluation.  

  • Side-by-side planning and program design through a process centered on equity, implementation science, research, and best practice
  • Train-the-trainer sessions to build capacity and support sustainability and scale-up
  • Data collection, instrument design, administration, and reporting to support program evaluation